Across the state on Wednesday, August 13th, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is inviting employers to “Take a Stand” for workplace safety and health.
This is the 10th anniversary of “Take and Stand Day.” During this year’s event, MIOSHA is dedicating more than 125 professional staff to visit Michigan high-hazard industries targeted by the MIOSHA Strategic Plan. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
MIOSHA safety and health professionals – including compliance staff, outreach consultants, managers, and supervisors – have been scheduled on “Take a Stand Day” to provide one-on-one consultations. There will be no CITATIONS or FINES for participating workplaces. However, participants must agree to correct all serious conditions.
“We are pleased to offer workplaces across the state the opportunity to partner with MIOSHA – without fear of fines or penalties – to improve the health and safety of their work environment,” said MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder. “We invite all Michigan employers to ‘Take a Stand’ on August 14th and make worker safety and health a top priority.”
During the consultation visit, MIOSHA staff will work cooperatively with the companies to recognize hazardous conditions and to effectively address safety and health issues. MIOSHA staff will focus on areas of direct concern to the employers, including:
Explaining the application of specific MIOSHA rules.
Conducting a safety and health hazard survey.
Evaluating the effectiveness of a safety and health system.
Providing other requested technical assistance.
“Implementing an effective system to protect worker safety and health is an important part of being successful in today’s global economy,” said Governor Rick Snyder. “Take a Stand Day is one of the many ways MIOSHA continues to tailor its operations to meet the changing safety and health needs of the Michigan workforce.”
Although most professional staff is participating in this campaign, MIOSHA will address emergency situations if the need arises.
“The MIOSHA program is dedicated to protecting the safety and health of Michigan’s working men and women and is ready to partner with any Michigan employer or organization to increase safety and health awareness by encouraging the use of all available resources, including MIOSHA outreach services, to provide a safe and healthy work environment,” said Yoder. “Federal OSHA estimates that for every $1 invested in workplace safety and health efforts, employers see a $4 to $6 return. That just makes good business sense because the direct costs of workplace accidents are nearly $40 billion each year.”
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